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3 Summer Salad Recipes: No Lettuce Required!
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Summer salads are cool and refreshing, and they can help keep you hydrated and satisfied during these hot months. But they can get a little boring, so here are 3 summer salad recipes that are less conventional than those that just include lettuce and a few great veggies. 1. Lime-Cilantro Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers and Avocado This summer salad is easy to put together and is loaded with delicious (and healthy) ingredients. Great chilled, as a side-dish or just for a cool summer snack, this black bean salad is so tasty! And you can add it to just about any summer menu. You’ll Need: 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained 3 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels cut off the cob 2 red bell peppers, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp minced shallots 2 tsps salt 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 Tbsp honey or agave nectar 9 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp lime zest 6 Tbsp fresh lime juice (rinse and zest limes before juicing) 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 Hass avocados, chopped Directions: Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours. Just before serving, add avocados and toss gently. Garnish with cilantro and serve at room temperature. 2. Melon and Cucumber Summer Salad with Feta The honeydew melon makes this summer salad really shine, and this savory recipe is one with a crunch! The dressing has lots to offer the sweetness of Read More »

Water Workout: 3 Reasons to Try This Hydro Fat-Blaster
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Water workouts aren’t just aerobics classes, filled with women in brightly colored caps. They’re actually great for all ages, and genders and you can burn about 300 calories in a half hour doing them! If water workouts bring to mind ladies in swim caps and strange equipment, you may want to re-consider. The payoff of a water workout is actually right up there with other high-intensity workouts. Here are just 3 reasons to try a water workout, today: 1. You Won’t be Dripping in Sweat Your local community pool is usually kept between 82 and 84 degrees. If you are doing an hour-long workout on land you can expect your body temperature to increase, and that can get pretty uncomfortable in the summer. While it’s a good thing to break a sweat and release toxins in your body, it can get a little sticky.  You’ll still be sweating in the water, but you won’t have to worry about wiping off a dripping brow or stinking up the place. And you’ll stay (for the most part) cooler. If you’re thinking “Gross!” there’s really no need to worry. Community pools also closely regulate the germ-killing chemicals in the water so even though people are sweating in the water, it’s carefully balanced for your protection. 2. You’ll be Taking Pressure Off Your Joints Water workouts have the fun and unique feature of buoyancy. The water takes away gravity, and makes you feel lighter while also supporting your body for balance. This reduces the Read More »

The Atkins Diet: Simply Delicious Weight Loss
Posted By on July 8th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 43
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The Atkins Diet promises weight loss without feeling hungry, but many question if it’s healthy. What is The Atkins Diet? This diet is based on the idea that by restricting carbohydrates people will loose weight. Since the body burns both fat and carbohydrates for energy, and carbohydrates are burned first the theory is that by cutting out the carbs your body will burn stored fat instead of those carbs instead, resulting in weight loss. There are tons of Atkins diet success stories, but some wonder if this is a good diet for health, and weight management. How The Atkins Diet Works By dramatically reducing carbohydrate intake to a fraction of what the Standard American Diet includes, your body goes into a state of ketosis. That means that it’s burning fat for energy, and a person in ketosis is really getting their energy from a breakdown of stored fat. When the body is in that state, people also tend to feel less hungry, and thus eat less. However, a prolonged state of ketosis can also cause a variety of health problems, including bad breath and constipation. But your body is still in a state of fat burning, so many people claim that this diet works on even the toughest areas like hips, belly and thighs when it comes to weight loss. Since high-carbohydrate meals release sugar directly into the blood stream this can cause high blood sugar and a fast secretion of insulin that allows the sugar to be stored in Read More »

Gym Bag Must-Haves: 5 Things You Simply Gotta’ Have
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Gym necessities vary for everyone, but there are a few things everybody needs when they go to the gym. Here are the top 5 things you should always keep in your gym bag: 1. Water is essential to every cell, every organ, and every body system but it’s especially important at the gym. It helps prevent your body from becoming dehydrated, and it also rids toxins from your body like those released from muscles during a workout. Because of the amount that you sweat during a workout, your body can loose important nutrients, and muscles can cramp if you don’t consume enough of this essential nutrient. Plan to drink water before during, and after your workout so that you stay hydrated, and avoid any damage to muscles, organs and your body systems. 2. Cliff Shot Blocks deliver what your body needs before an intense workout, race or training regimen. Made with organic ingredients that provide clean energy, and essential nutrients for hydration, and muscle recovery, CLIF Shot Block energy chews provide a burst of energy you can use to get through even your toughest workouts in a tasty 33 calorie chew! These fast-acting energy chews offer a convenient source of carbohydrates and electrolytes for sustained energy, in flavors you’ll love. Customize your nutrient intake with any of the many varieties of CLIF SHOT BLOCKS, in Fastpak® packaging, for the easiest way to get energy, fast. 3. Protein is an essential post-workout nutrient. Since exercise causes stress on the body, you’ll Read More »

9 Foods to Improve Your Circulation
Posted By on July 8th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 43
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Circulation is an important part of a healthy heart, and it’s also involved in removing toxins from your entire body for overall health. Cleansing your body of toxins, chemicals, pollutants, and additives that are found in our environment can provide tons of benefits to your health and promote the function of all body systems. Adding these 9 foods to your diet can help improve circulation, and offer benefits to your health and beauty! 1. Cayenne Pepper comes in powder form as a dried spice and is also great when added to recipes to increase your metabolic rate and support healthy arteries and blood vessels. Add this spicy pepper to raw salads, or in juices to boost your metabolism and help improve your circulation. 2. Dark Chocolate contains real cocoa that provides flavonoid antioxidants that are also found in other foods like fruits and vegetables. This unique compound has been shown to help improve blood circulation, as well as provide powerful protection from free radicals that can cause health problems, and pre-mature aging. When compared to other kinds of chocolate, dark chocolate has been shown to be the highest in flavonoid content. 3. Oranges contain large amounts of vitamin C, along with other types of citrus fruits like lemons, limes and grapefruit. Since vitamin c is a natural blood thinner and also supports the strength of capillaries, oranges and other citrus fruits are great for a healthy heart. They also help prevent plaque build-up to promote circulation. 4. Ginger Root is Read More »

Just Breathe: 3 of the Easiest Yoga Poses, for Beginners
Posted By on July 8th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 43
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Yoga isn’t an easy thing to do if you are a beginner, and many people experience yoga related injuries when starting out because, well…Yoga feels great but it takes time to learn your limits. Still, since Yoga offers so many benefits to your health including stress reduction (and few moments to yourself), in this fast-paced world nobody should be without a Yoga routine. If you are a beginner, novice, or have never accomplished a single Yoga pose successfully ever…never fear. Here are 3 of the easiest Yoga poses out there so you can get all the benefits without the injuries, complicated asanas or frustration. 1.Warrior I stretches out hamstrings and the hips and also makes for great, strong legs. How to do it: Stand straight with your legs apart by a distance of at least 3-4 feet. Turn your right foot out (90 degrees) and left foot in (about 15 degrees). Lift your arms upwards. As you breath out, bend your right knee. Turn your head and look to your right. As you settle into the yoga posture, stretch your arms further up. Make an effort to push your pelvis down, gently. Hold this yoga posture as you smile like a happy warrior. Keep breathing as you go down. Repeat the yoga posture for the left side. 2. Warrior II is easy to do and is great for the hips, quadriceps and flexibility. How to do it: Begin with your feet about hip-width apart and keep your arms at your Read More »

7 Muscle Cramp Nutrients to Stop the Pain
Posted By on July 8th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 43
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A muscle cramp can keep you out of the gym, and they’re also just plain painful. There’s a difference between a common muscle cramp that occurs during, or after an exercise routine and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). DOMS is an experience many professional athletes have and symptoms can range from muscle tenderness to severe pain. This kind of muscle soreness is common among athletes who are introduced to activities and have muscular injury that include connective tissue damage, muscle tears, and inflammation. But while you may not have DOMS, you might have muscle cramps that strike without warning after your workouts, or even days later. If that’s the case you may simply need these 7 nutrients for muscle cramps. Water helps your body stay hydrated, and because it’s an essential nutrient for every cell in your body, it’s also important for muscles. Muscle cramps are often associated with dehydration so by consuming enough beverages (especially water) you can meet your needs for hydration. It’s recommended to drink about 64 oz of liquids every day, and if you are thirsty you are already becoming dehydrated. If you find it difficult to drink that much plain water, adding a few slices of cooling cucumber, or succulent honeydew melon to the mix with a touch of lemon can make it easier to swallow. Also eating water-dense foods can help keep you hydrated without drinking so much liquid. Hydrating foods include, broth-based soups, fruits and vegetables like watermelon and celery, smoothies and tea. Read More »

4 Leg Exercises for Sexy Summer Stems
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Leg workouts can often be grueling, and let’s face it, just plain boring. They’re often the most complained part of a workout regimen, but if you are one of the many people who don’t really want to push themselves through another set of squats, you are not alone! Here are 4 leg exercises you can add to your routine to spice things up a little bit, and cause a lot of leg envy this summer. 1. Leg Drops Lie face up on the floor and hold your ankles about an inch apart. Keeping your legs straight with a slight bend in the knee, hold your legs directly above your hips. Allow your legs to drop down as far as possible, but don’t let them touch the floor. (This should also work the abdominal muscles). Bring your legs back up to the starting position quickly, and that counts as one rep. Do 15-20 reps. 3 sets. 2. Pelvic Raises Lie on the floor with your knees bent, and feet flat on the ground about hip-width apart. Raise your hips so that your body forms a table-top (as much as possible without straining). Raise your hips upward and then pause. Lower your back down to starting position, and that’s one rep. Do 15-20 reps. 3 sets. For each progressive set, position your feet about an inch further away from your body. 3. Single Leg Lift Position yourself on the floor on your hands and knees and slowly raise one leg off the Read More »